Understanding Professional Societies' Role in Policy and Advocacy - IHPS + IMPACT Policy Skills Series

Mar 13, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Professional societies play major roles in shaping health policy in the United States. In this interactive panel discussion, speakers from a variety of clinical and research backgrounds will discuss how they have and would advise others to collaborate with their professional societies to impact policy, as well as the strengths and limitations of this approach.


Kelly C. Lee, Pharm.D., MAS, APh, BCPP, FCCP

Dr. Lee is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Lee completed her Doctor of Pharmacy, PGY1 residency and 2-year fellowship training in Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She also completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research at UCSD. Dr. Lee is a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist and practices under a Collaborative Practice Agreement at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Lee’s scholarly and advocacy interests include burnout, depression and suicide among health professionals and advancement of pharmacists’ roles in mental health. Dr. Lee is an author of over 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has lectured at international and national meetings and serves on national committees. She is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Bethany Phoenix, RN, PhD

Bethany Phoenix's recent research efforts have focused on the regulatory framework for advanced psychiatric nursing practice and workforce trends in the specialty. As part of the Advanced Practice Committee of the American Psychiatric Nurses' Assn., I was a co-investigator in two nationwide surveys of boards of nursing to collect information about legislative and regulatory changes (titling, prescriptive authority, etc.) that impact advanced practice psychiatric nursing (APPN) and to identify state and nationwide trends for APPNs. I participated in design of the surveys, data collection from state boards of nursing, and summary and analysis of the findings. I am co-PI on a study recently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will use a mixed methods approach to examine structural, practice and policy barriers to optimal use of PMHNPs to meet the workforce needs of California's public mental health system, as well as analyzing effective methods of collaborative practice currently in use in county settings.

Kathleen Tebb, PhD

Kathleen Tebb, Ph.D., is a developmental and health research psychologist whose research focuses on developing, evaluating, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based interventions to promote health equity among diverse and underserved adolescents, young adults, and their families. Her specific areas of study involve understanding and promoting factors that contribute to positive youth development, health behaviors, and resilience among adolescents and young adults, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Tebb’s work has targeted multiple levels, including individuals, health care providers, parents, schools, communities, and public policy. She has also developed interactive, individually tailored mobile-health, computer-based interventions to promote adolescent and young adult health. She has a long-standing commitment to community-based participatory, patient-centered research. As principal and co-investigator, over the past two decades, she has conducted large, randomized control trials that have engaged stakeholders in the development and evaluation of health interventions.

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